If you’ve been given behind-the-ear
hearing aids, it’s important that you’re able to get the earmould
or ear fitting into your ear properly.
As well as perhaps causing discomfort and soreness, an incorrectly inserted earmould can lead to feedback – a whistling noise that can be heard clearly by others.
Your audiologist or hearing aid dispenser should already have shown you how to insert your earmoulds; however, you’ll probably need to practise a few times at home before you’re confident at doing this. Click here to see a step-by-step guide on how to insert your earmoulds. However, if your hearing aids have open earpieces rather than earmoulds, you can click here for a step-by-step guide showing how to insert these.
Some types of in-the-ear hearing aids have a ridge that needs to be tucked into the crease at the top of the ear in the same way as an earmould for a behind-the-ear aid. Other types of in-the-ear aids don’t have this ridge, and can simply be pushed into the ear.
Hearing aids are often ‘colour coded’ to help make sure you put them in the correct ear – with red corresponding to the right ear, and blue to the left ear.
If your earmoulds or ear fittings are inserted correctly, but are still giving you discomfort, you should tell your audiologist or hearing aid dispenser. They may be able to make the mould or fitting more comfortable for you.